After going over the handlebars of my motorbike 2 weeks ago and landing on my right shoulder I managed to stretch and do some damage to the ligaments of my AC joint. The orthopaedic surgeon has outlined how things will play out but is waiting on some more x-rays to make a decision on surgery. In the meantime I’m seeing a physiotherapist mostly to help out with rehabilitation and working out the limitations of what I can and can’t do.
The physio was quite good at telling me exactly what was going on, but I get the feeling that most of my time and money is being wasted. A lot of talk and action was on loosening muscle knots around and under my shoulder to influence the nerves and relieve pain in my chest from what are probably strained muscles or broken ribs. I can honestly say that there was some temporary relief, but probably because the pain of getting knots out distracted me from the pain in my chest.
I have always held physios in pretty high regard and am assuming they can help me with the correct exercises to get my shoulder back, but now having actually gone to one I starting to get the impression that they might be a bit infused with woo.
Now I have the following questions,
Is there any science in getting knots out of muscles?
Can this relieve pain in other areas of the body via 'nerve pathways'?
Are physiotherapists tied up in a lot of woo?